Saturday, August 26, 2023

St. Veronica Block Print- Feast Day 7/12


This image of St. Veronica was inspired by many years of praying this line from Fulton Sheen's Stations of the Cross:

“O Lord, the day I was born anew of water and the Holy Spirit, the image of your Cross was engraved upon my heart. Today you ask me: ‘Whose inscription is written thereon?’ It is be yours, then let me render to God the things that are God’s. Grant that like, like Veronica, I may brave all human respect to carry your image about with me, not on a veil but on the tablet of my heart. Bestow on me the grace to be so much like you that others among whom I live may see something of you in me, as the maidservant saw something of you in Peter. If they do not see in me the marks of your passion, let them at least see the sparks of your love.”
-Archbishop Fulton J. Sheen, Way of the Cross, Station VI

This block print was the first time I tried a reduction print with multiple layers of color. It isn't perfect, but I enjoyed the process and will definitely try it again! You can see some of the process in this video on Instagram:


  1. What tools would I need if I want to try the same process?

    1. You would need a carving tool (I like the Speedball Lino cut tool with interchangeable tips), a lino block (speedy carve from Speedball is a good beginner texture), ink (I use speedball and Blick brands), a brayer, and print paper. I have a draft blog post with more details about the overall process, but haven't ever finished it. I'll add that to the to-do list!